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and on the web. you think about it, virtually every major publication outside of the u.s. has a section on its website that is devoted to this election. that's hard for us in the states to have any comparison to. i mean, we just don't devote that kind of attention in general to another country's political contest. in fact, the times here in london told us that the u.s. election subject is the most clicked in the past month other than their home page and views of it have increased by 500% since august. across the world tonight there will be watch parties. that's pretty impressive considering that when polls close in america it will be well after midnight. here it will be just about midnight. especially at u.s. embassies people will be watching. one british analyst told us it is possible as many brits will be watching these results as watched the results of their own elections. lynn. >> michelle, interesting. thanks so much. >>> the presidential election isn't the only thing happening today. there are some very close sen 2345i9 races happening across the country. >> reporter: the power struggle
former cia director petraeus. the current commander of u.s. forces in afghanistan, his name is john john allen, is now being investigated. he is accused of sending, or being involved with thousands of e-mails with jill kelley. she is the florida socialite who led the fbi to petraeus. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on this. >> thanks. good evening from capitol hill. coincidentally, general kelley is not in afghanistan tonight. he came here to washington for a hearing that was to be held tomorrow. it has been put off, day after tomorrow on, what allen still hope will be his promotion to a better job. instead, his reputation is being called into question. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, was on track to be nato commander until the disclosure that he is under investigation by the pentagon. jill kelley, a socialite in tampa and general allen allegedly exchanged e-mails and documents that were called inappropriate. allen insisted there was no affair. kelley's complaints that she was getting harassing e-mails led the fbi to paula broadwell and the affair between
in the gaza strip after more deadly attacks. >> a busy day on the hill as lawmakers demand answers on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> welcome to news 4. a live look outside right now at 5:00 a.m. 43 degrees out there. safe to say keep out the winter coats. no more shoving them in the back of the closet. >> look outside. don't go out there. it is another cold morning. make sure you wear your warmest winter coat. a lot of cloudiness. here's the view from space. cloud cover drifting over the region coming from the south. a disturbance in the carolinas giving us this cloud cover. we're not going to get any precipitation from it. right near freezing much of virginia, maryland. it's still cold, feeling like a december morning. prince gorgeous, my-30s. much of southern maryland, calvert, st. mary's, a rundell, mostly above 40. prince william county, into the shenandoah valley, a few isolated spots there. a little bit below freezing. when the sky is cleared out, western maryland, west virginia, it's into the upper 20s there. a lot of cloudiness. light wind. cold morning. near 50 by midafternoon. sun
continues to unl fold. 94 people are confirmed dead in the u.s. from sandy. more than 4.5 million still don't have power, but that is down from a high of about 8 million. some of the biggest cries for help are coming from new york's statin island where the super storm has claimed at least 19 lives. among them, two little boys, brothers. a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. their bodies were found in a marsh on thursday. their mother's suv was washed out by rising waters during the hurricane. >>> people living on that island told nbc's ann curry, support has been far too slow in coming. >> every single person on this block lost everything. >> we just want everyone to know that we are hurting down here and we need help immediately. >> fema teams did walk through statin island neighborhoods thursday trying to make sure victims signed up for federal help. homeland security chief janet napolitano will visit there today. elsewhere, the national guard handed out water, food, diapers last night. 17 military aircraft arrived in new york state carrying repair trucks from california. >>> in virginia the u.s
black tie mixes easily with dress formal from u.s. central command. and no one seemed to everyone joy that mix more than jill kelley and her twin sister. >> they invited people to parties, invited petraeus over. they wanted to be seen, and they worked hard at it. >> reporter: it was jill kelley who inadvertently exposed the affair between petraeus and broadwell when she asked the fbi to investigate those anonymous e-mails she was getting. but that inquiry also brought to light an he felt mail connection between kelley and general john allen, whose appointment to nato is now on hold while government investigators take a look at their relationship. a lot of people in town were already looking at jill kelley's lavish parties. tampa bay party planner, ken walters. >> jill kelley and her lovely sister, they are lovely, lovely ladies. they're not shrinking violets, though. they indeed do speak their mind. >> some people commented on their dress, not always appropriate. or their casualness approaching top military leaders and hugging them and kissing them on the cheek maybe wasn't always app
, david petraeus's biography. a senior u.s. military official says jill kelly is involved in wounded warrior fund-raising in tampa, is married, she and her husband are close family friends. officials say petraeus's downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving intimidated e-mails from broadwell. law enforcement and multiple u.s. officials tell nbc news that those e-mails led to the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative of an extramarital affair. a senior law enforcement official told nbc news that fbi agents interviewed general petraeus in late october and concluded there was no criminal violation. today, members of congress are asking why the fbi did not inform them or the president sooner. >> we received no advanced notice. it was like a lightning bolt. i mean, this is something that could have had an effect on national security. i think we should have been told. there is a way to do it. >> reporter: this comes as we are learning more about the days leading up to petraeus's resignation. house majority leader eric c
the latest developments tonight on news4 at 5:00. >>> unprecedented penalty, bp has agreed to pay a record u.s. fine for the massive oil spill down in the gulf of mexico in a settlement with the justice department. they'll pay $4.5 billion and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges. the government also charged two top bp officers with manslaughter in connection with the 11 people who died onboard the deep water horizon two years ago. jay gray explains why bp could still face more charges. >> reporter: the oil spread for miles after the collapse of the deepwater horizon well, choking away wildlife and crippling communities all along the gulf coast. and today, more than two years after the disaster, we learn the punishment is far-reaching as well. >> this marks both the largest single criminal find, more than $1.25 billion, and the largest total criminal resolution, $4 billion, in the history of the united states. >> reporter: as part of an agreement announced this afternoon in new orleans, bp will plead guilty to 14 felony charges for its role in the worst oil spill in u.s. history. among the most
it and why the u.s. first told the world what it did. >>> and ays since the devastation on the east coast. scenes of utter devastation we have not seen until now coast. >>> and it >>> and it is the end of the line for a guilty pleasure in america. but how did it come to this? nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, it worries them enough that israel's tanks appear ready to roll into gaza, and the skies have been raining rockets there for several days. perhaps the larger worry, both sides in this escalating fight have powerful friends that are getting involved and taking sides, like egypt, friend of hamas, and the united states, which tonight is sending naval vessels offshore in case americans need to get out of there. it has been another day of explosions and air raid sirens. it remains a situation on the edge. we have two reports tonight. our richard engel is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel aviv. >> reporter: good evening, they met on the agenda escalating in gaza and a possible ground invasion. the militants are challenging israel, by firing rockets whe
succeeded david petraeus is under investigation himself. general john allen, the top u.s. and nato commander in afghan stand is accused of, quote, inappropriate communications with jill kelly. she started the investigation. a senior official traveling with allen says his communications with kelly are under review. the official says general allen disputes engaging in any wrongdoing in the matter. the fbi referred the matter to the department of defense for investigation on sunday. early this morning secretary panetta directed that the defense department inspector general investigate. meanwhile, last night fbi agents went to the home of biographer paula broadwell, the woman government officials say petraeus acknowledged having an affair with. a senior law enforcement official says the search was consensual, not a raid. meanwhile, they said petraeus had hoped to survive the scandal but he was told to resign by james clapper. andrea mitchell broke the petraeus story. she has more on the e-mail and the growing demand for answers on capital hill. >> reporter: we learned what was in the anonymous h
this week about the attack on the u.s. consulate benghazi libya. acting cia director will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, who's the chair of the committee, may call on him later to testify. she says his resignation has nothing to do with the attack on benghazi. >>> the president will meet with members of the business community before sitting down with congressional leaders on friday. the president wants to build a consensus for his approach to avoiding the financial catastrophe. senior democrats and republicans are confident they can reach on a spending plan before the end of the year before billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect, possibly sending us into a deep recession. economists warn we may feel the effects of the budget standoff long before new year's eve. >> if in a few weeks they've failed to reach an agreement, you're going to see anxiety growing in the u.s. board rooms. it's going to be a rough couple of months for the u.s. economy. >> president obama says he's willing to compromise to reach an agreement, but he insists america's top earne
. the pentagon says a u.s. military effort to seize syria's stockpile would require upwards of 75,000 troops and the times reports that senior american officials are concerned that hezbollah has set up camp near the chemical weapons depose. >>> four people were killed in texas when a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. this is just terrible. the accident happened at a railroad crossing in midland, texas, as the float tried to get around the safety gates and lights. the float was made with a flatbed trailer. in addition to the four deaths, others were injured. >> this may be one of the most tragic events we've had in our town and it's a sad day. i shook their hands and saw them personally, met their wives. it truly was an honor to be in their presence. these guys are true american heroes. >> that's for sure. secretary of defense leon panetta issued a statement saying he's deeply saddened. the ntsb is sending a team to mid land to investigate. >>> today is the day former cia director david petraeus faces lawmakers. he's due to testify behind closed doors but th
element here. general allen was to have a confirmation hearing to be the commander of the u.s. mission to nato. that is on hold now. >> this whole story. there are so many elements. if you tune in a couple hours after the last time, there is a whole new chain. a defense official told nbc news, in general allen eights case, many were between the general's wife and jill kelley. the woman in tampa, the social liaison and he was just copied on them. what do you make of that in. >> that may well be the case that he was copied. they do say that he did send e-mails to her as well. it appears that both general allen and his wife were e-mailing with her. and you have to remember, she is a person who took on a sort of volunteer mission to promote the eels of relationships between all the various military people from different countries who are posted to the command in tampa, and that was her role. according town official protocol officer. >> and not just e-mails. we're hearing about a photo or photos involving this fbi agent that kelley, she initially went to, worried about these harassing e-mai
in the u.s. are taking a toll on markets overseas. stocks in asia down significantly after a ratings agency threatened to downgrade the u.s. credit rating unless president obama and congress reach a deal on a spending plan by the end of the year. japan's nikkei index lost 1.3% in early trading. south korea's main index also down more than 1% today. >>> and investors here in the u.s. hope the markets rebound from yesterday's free fall. the dow fell more than 300 points. the nasdaq and the s&p also suffered big losses. >>> new this morning, we've learned president obama will be making a ground breaking trip in two weeks. an official from myanmar says the president will visit on either november 18th or 19th. it will be the first ever visit to the country by a u.s. president. the obama administration is trying to encourage democracy in that country. the president is also scheduled to visit nearby thailand and cambodia that same week. >>> tony tull is at the news4 live desk now with breaking news. >> we are just getting word out of afghanistan about multiple deadly bombings by insurgents. in kan
about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, even though he's no longer head of the cia. petraeus was supposed to testify this week in front of the senate intelligence committee. acting cia director mike morrell will take his place. senator dianne feinstein, the committee's chairwoman, insists the resignation has nothing to do with the attack, which killed four americans. >>> president obama will meet with the labor and business communities before sitting down with congressional leaders from both parties on friday. the president says he wants to build a consensus for his approach to avoiding the potential economic catastrophe. senior democratic and republican officials say they're confident they can reach a deal on a spending plan before the end of the year. that's when hundreds of billions of tax hikes and spending cuts will take effect, possibly sending us into say deep recession. economists warn we may feel the effects of the budget standoff long before new year's eve. >> if three or four weeks from now they're making no progress at all, you're going to see
, back over to you. >> thank you, danella. six after the hour. >>> both of virginia's u.s. senators will continue to be democrats. tim kaine defeated george allen in the race to succeed jim webb. kaine won by six points in that race. it had been one of the most closely watched campaigns in that country. megan mcgrath is live at the tim kaine campaign headquarters right now. >> reporter: you can see that campaign signs are up along the road. the election is over. governor tim kaine defeated republican george allen. kaine thanked his supporters at a victory party in richmond last night. this race received national attention. democrat jim webb announced his retirement, and the republican party saw it as a real opportunity to gain a seat in the senate, a seat previously held by george allen before he was defeated by webb. millions of dollars were spent by groups outside of virginia in an effort to influence the outcome of this race. in the end, the voters picked tim kaine to be their u.s. senator. >>t's all about partnership. it's all about putting the country first, and virginia knows
also have a hotly contested u.s. senate race, and we're one hour before the polls open. you can see we already have a small line forming here at this polling place in alexandria. are you looking to beat the crowds here this morning? >> i did beat the crowds this morning. >> reporter: you're the first in line. >> i am. been here since 4:30 this morning. >> reporter: what's your strategy? were you a little worried about what's ahead in terms of lines? is >> yes. i have two kids, and they're off from school today. so i had to get out early. >> reporter: and you are. you're number two in line. >> i'm thankful. >> reporter: and it's chilly out here. certainly, you're going to want to bundle up before you head out to the polls. virginia is one of those battleground states that we've heard so much about. president obama won the old dominion four years ago, but mitt romney is pushing back hard. the latest polls show president obama ahead by one point, but it's unclear exactly who is going to take virginia. that poll is well within the margin of error. really who takes the old dominion is going
. democrats are also claiming another big win in virginia. tim kaine beat george allen in the race for u.s. senate. kaine won by 6% in one of the most closely watched and hotly contested races this year. also, one of the most expensive. news 4's megan mcgrath is live outside campaign headquarters in alexandria. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. here at kaine headquarters in alexandria, you can see the homemade sign that graces the window here. it says tim kaine, u.s. senate. kaine is attributing his success to this sort of grass roots support and enthusiasm. he thanked his supporters last night at a victory rally in richmond. this race received national attention when democrat jim webb announced his retirement. the republican party saw it as an opportunity to gain a seat in the senate, a seat previously held by george allen before he was succeeded by webb in 2006. now, millions of dollars was spent on negative tv ads. much of the money coming from groups outside of virginia. and here's what tim kaine had to say about all of that. >> our victory tonight proves it's the nu
for a possible ground invasion. we're live in gaza. >>> and coming to america. the u.s., a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the dream of citizenship about to be fulfilled from these people. they come from different lands with different stories t tell, but they will all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. as we look at statue of liberty live, we are going to witness something really remarkable today on our plaza, and if there's a dry eye left when this ceremony is over i'll be amazed. 30 people who have worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait that sometimes was measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on our plaza. >> so many of us take it for granted. those people out on the plaza do not take it for granted. their family members are here to witness it as well. it's amazing. >> one minute familie
. the judge in the federal case sentenced him to one day in custody of the u.s. marshals. and he spent that day, he'll be in until 5:30. that's yewhy he was in chains. he is in federal custody until 5:30 today and then begins two years in communicate service to make up for his crime. >> tom sherwood, thank you. >>> the plot thickens. new names are now coming out in that scandal involving former cia director david petraeus. it all began with his having an affair with paula broadwell. investigators say she sent threatening e-mails to jill kelley, a petraeus family friend. now the pentagon is looking into thousands of e-mails between kelley and general john allen. live on capitol hill with more on another twist. how shirtless photos from an fbi agent are now playing into this scandal. steve? >> put that one last, jim. since it is but clearly the least important. general john allen, u.s. commander in afghanistan, is not over there tonight. coincidencely, he is here in washington for hearings that had been scheduled tomorrow on what allen still hopes will be his next job. he is just in time
behind one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history will spend the rest of his life behind bars. first, he had to face his victims. those injured and family members of those killed by jared loughner addressed him during his sentencing yesterday. the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords had some of the strongest words. mark kelly said, "you may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent in her spirit. after today, after this moment, here and now, gabby and i are done thinking about you." >>> 6:15. the pentagon says it will continue flying unmanned drones in international air space near iran even after iran fired at a drone last week. the drone was performing routine surveillance about 60 miles off the iranian coast when the shots were fired. it wasn't hit and returned to its base. >>> twitter users reported a series of unusual photos last night that may be the result of the social media website being hacked. dozens of users tweeted about it. pictures on their twitter time lines being replaced with this image, which referenced the attack on the u.s. emba
you really are going to have to call ahead. u.s. airways, you can see the ticket counter, they're one of the carriers impacted by all this and they're trying to help out thaur passengers and rebook those flights. the cup that will we spoke to earlier this morning, in the last 24 hours, they have been cancelled and rebooked three times. and they're hoping that they're finally going to get out of here this morning. >> we have been cancelled three times in the past two days, and so we're just getting text messages from united saying this our flights have been cancelled. get to customer service lines and try to find our bags. we don't know where they're at. i think we'll find them. >> and they're in the military. they need their dress uniforms for that event in new york city. they have no idea where their luggage is. so they have their fingers crossed, hoping that the airline figures it out and that everything reaches new york city themselves, their luggage, and that everything works out okay. we have some folks who are sleeping in the terminal. not a huge crowd, but a couple of people wh
-day visit and attend a summit in cambodia as well as stop in thailand. he will be the first u.s. president to visit myanmar where he'll meet with democratic activist aung san suu kyi. >>> this morning leaders in congress say they are optimistic they can reach a deal that would avoid the upcoming so-called fiscal cliff. the president and house leaders showed confidence after a closed door meeting on capitol hill. the republican house speaker john boehner and democrat house minority leader nancy pelosi expressed confidence but neither said how the talks are progressing. the president insists the way to handle it is to tee cease taxes as scheduled for individuals making less than $250,000 per year. lawmakers have until the end of the year to reach a deal. >> do you have a plan to address the subject then? >> there was one very inquisiti inquisitive can. a group of young adults called the can kicks back. they say they are pressuring lawmakers to make sure they handle the debt responsibly. >> congress is kicking the can down the road and we realized the can is our generation and starting now we
of the u.s. consulate attack there. petraeus will testify before the senate and house intelligence committees. his testimony comes a week after he resigned after admitting he had an extramarital affair. senate committee chair dianne feinstein says he still has information that is critical to this case. >> he interviewed many people, as i understand it, that were involved. so the opportunity to get his views, i think, is very important. >> this morning's closed door hearings will not cover petraeus' affair. and petraeus will still likely face questions about his indiscretion with cia investigators. the agency is launching an exploratory investigation to see if he misused any cia resources as its director. the fbi already concluded its investigation and found no evidence petraeus had mishandled classified information. >>> 6:05 right now. today president obama will begin negotiations with congressional leaders on perhaps the most important budget deal of his presidency. congressional leaders will meet with the president today at the white house. they're trying to keep the country from
about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. he said the intelligence committee chose not to disclose the al qaeda connection to the attack, in order to avoid tipping off the terrorists. steve handelsman is on capitol hill now with a special treatment that congress gave to the retired general. steve? >> reporter: hi, jim. it wasn't a hot seat, it was more a warm welcome up here on capitol hill tonight. some republicans are still charging that somebody played politics with what the public was told about benghazi. petraeus testified that if that happened, it wasn't the fault of the cia. former cia director david petraeus kept out of sight until he got home. lawmakers had cleared the way for him to get to the closed-door hearing without walking through halls. a favor to the general, who apologized to lawmakers for his affair. petraeus testified the cia figured immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. killing the u.s. ambassador and three others. how the cia with an eye on libya missed the threat is still under investigation. but petraeus'
that republicans in congress will be more to blame if the u.s. goes off the fiscal cliff. 53% of those surveyed point the finger at the gop while 29% say president obama would be more to blame. >>> 20-year-old mitchell kusick of colorado has been charged with threatening to kill president obama during an october campaign event. kusick also made credible threats towards shooting and killing children at a halloween event. >>> defense secretary leon panetta has demoted the former head of the u.s. africa command general william kip ward for allegedly spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other travels. he will retire as a three star general and repay the government $82,000. >>> a man who made an ak cuization has now recanted his story. he says their sexual relationship was adult and consensual and clash says he is relieved. >>> well, this year's rockefeller christmas tree is on its way right now to washington, d.c., from new jersey. the 80 foot tall norway spruce survived hurricane sandy. >>> for a check on wall street, the dow fell 59 points tuesday. the s&p was down five. the nasdaq
scandal. >> yes, this investigation keeps getting bigger. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is now under investigation in connection to the scandal that led to cia director david petraeus' resignation. general john allen is being investigated by the fbi for alleged inappropriate communication with the woman at the center of the petraeus scandal. investigators uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communication, mostly e-mails between allen and jill kelley. kelley is the longtime friend of the petraeus family who complained about being harassed by the woman petraeus had an affair with. a senior administration official denies allen committed any wrongdoing and expects to return to duty as commander in afghanistan as the investigation continues. this morning general allen is in washington, d.c., preparing for his senate confirmation hearing. aides close to allen say he didn't find out about all this in the investigation until tonight and the general will still appear his meetings scheduled on the hill today. >>> and on the same topic this morning, the fbi will not say what it found at t
. meanwhile, the pentagon standing by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general george allen, also involved in the scandal. his nomination to head european command is on hold, but leon panetta says he's fully confident allen can lead. >>> this morning obama will likely be asked to comment on the petraeus scandal. that conference begins at 1:30. house minority leader nancy pelosi also holding a press conference today. the califoia law maker expected to announce whether she will run again to lead democrats in the minority. he was speaker of the house from 2006 to 2010. maryland's chris van holland is on the short list if pelosi left, but he's on the record saying he believes she will run again for that position. >>> today congress looks for answers in the deadly meningitis outbreak. leaders from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify in today's hearing in front of the house energy and commerce committee. this comes after a report that shows federal health investigators wanted to shut down the massachusetts pharmacy linked to the outbreak back in 20
attack and the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya. nbc news has confirmed petraeus conducted his own investigation on the ground. >> i don't see how in the world you can find out what happened in benghazi before, during, and after the attack if general petraeus doesn't testify. >> reporter: still trusted by many in washington, petraeus is in a unique position to shed light on benghazi. even as he rides out a controversy of his own. top lawmakers here are demanding more information on that investigation and why they weren't briefed on it until the general resigned. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >> for now acting cia director michael morell is set to testify about the benghazi attack on capitol hill, but on "meet the press" this morning "washington post's" bob woodward talked about the possibility of general petraeus still being called to testify. >> it is not going away and the question will be, i suspect, will he be asked to testify as a private citizen either in closed door, probably only petraeus -- if he has the ability to stop this benghazi frenzy. >> congressional heari
. >>> in an unprecedented attack, the pentagon says iranian aircraft fired twice at an unarmed u.s. drone patrolling the persian gulf. the shots missed and the drone was unharmed. >>> next week a house panel will hold a hearing on the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi that left ambassador chris stevens and three others dead. david petraeus and james clapper are seduled to appear. >>> well, wall street was down for a second consecutive day. a triple digit drop for the dow opening at 12,811. the s&p tumbled 17. the nasdaq sank 41. >>> overseas trading closes out the week in tokyo. the nikkei dropped 79 points while in hong kong the hang seng slipped 182. >>> investors are going to be hoping for a rebound today to close out this wild week. amazon.com is giving it another go at selling wine but only in 12 states and the district of columbia. their first attempt failed because of regulations over the sale and delivery of alcohol across state lines. >>> walmart has already started their hot sales promotions for the holidays. i know, it's already that time. i can't believe it. the sto
september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. those attacks killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. republicans have been criticizing the obama administration for not responding quickly enough to the violence outside the consulate. >>> david petraeus will testify before the house intelligence committee tomorrow. it was unclear until yesterday whether petraeus would still answer questions after his sudden resignation as cia director. his close friend said petraeus did not like conspiracies going around that he had something to hide. he will not answer questions about the sex scandal that cost him his job. >>> president obama is defending susan rice. republicans have criticized her for insisting the aing ta was sparked by anger over an anti-islam film despite the fact that it was a coordinated attack. >>> the fbi's top brass will spend a second day on capitol hill giving lawmakers were details about the investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation. fbi director robert muler and shawn joys met privately yesterday. one federal agent says pa
in the country. u.s. news and world report claims they inflated the standings of the incoming students by 20 percentage points. the magazine removed the school from its ranking as number 51 on the list. university will have an unranked status until the 2014 best college publication is released. the president of gw says he regrets the error and they're taking measures to make sure it doesn't happen again. >> doug is here with more about the cold weather that seems to be with us for a while, huh? >> it is really chilly out there. temperatures dropped a little faster than i thought they would tonight. clear skies for the most part. we're starting to see clouds move in. that should help to destabilize temperatures. it is a cold night. beginning to feel like christmas, isn't it? >> i know. you have to say this. this is the christmas tree that will actually be at rockefeller center. they cut this tree down in mt. olive new jersey. it was hit by sandy but not affected. it was not damaged. it was put up today. it was an 80-feet tree. it weighs 20,000 pounds. that lightning ceremony by the way will b
, and wednesday, one of the biggest travel days of the year traditionally looks pretty good across the u.s., we're just going to have that system in the west to contend with once again. and by thanksgiving day, plenty to be thankful for, we're looking at clear skies for the macy's thanksgiving day parade. and in the midwest, chicago 62 degrees. >> julie martin, thank you. >>> when we come back, a visit to turkey town, u.s.st. of medicare and social security. anncr: but you deserve straight talk about the options on the... table and what they mean for you and your family. ancr: aarp is cutting through all the political spin. because for our 37 million members, only one word counts. get the facts at earnedasay.org. let's keep medicare... and social security strong for generations to come. i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue i
. >>> right now, lawmakers are getting more answers about september's deadly attacks on the u.s. kons late. the house committee is holding a hearing about the attacks that killed four americans including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. the director of national intelligence is there. tomorrow morning, former cia director, david petraeus will testify before the same house committee. it's unclear, until yesterday, it was unclear whether he would face questions about his sudden resignation last week. we are told he will not have a discuss the sex scandal that cost him his position. >>> you are looking at the newest members of congress. the freshman class posed on the steps of the capital. it's made up of 80 members of the house. the lawmakers will have to hit the ground running. they will help reach a budget deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. turning to the weather now. great skies out there this morning. another cold day. >> storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein, you know the theme in here, it's a summer wedding. not summer outside. >> it looks like autumn, but it's feeling like winter
the battleground states that were so heavily fought over in the most expensive race in u.s. history. it was early this morning when the president appeared with his family, becoming the third consecutive two-term president we elected. not happening since the presidents jefferson, madison and monroe. president obama won both a decisive victory in both the electoral college. and here on the east, the nor'easter, a storm so fierce the governor of new jersey said it will move the state's recovery effort backward for a time. and here is a look at the skating rink we used as part of the coverage on election night. tonight, it is under a layer of swirling snow. back inside, we begin with what happened last night. the president's historic re-election to a second term. he is back on his way to the white house tonight, where kristen welker starts off the coverage. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, after the grueling election, the president returns back to the white house. and with the economy limping back to health, the stakes could not be higher. the president headed back to washington where
win up in massachusetts. elizabeth warren beat scott brown for the u.s. senate seat there. the democrats regained the seat that was held by the late ted kennedy for 47 years. warren will be the first woman to represent massachusetts in the senate. >>> democrats are holding on to a u.s. senate seat in missouri, thanks to controversy created by a republican challenger. todd akin lost to incumbent mccaskill. akin came under fire for comments he made he called legitimate rape. he said abortion should not be allowed in conception by rape. republicans called for him to drop out of that race. >>> tim kaine said he's determined to work with people on both sides of the aisle when he takes his seat in the u.s. senate. as julie carey reports now, his victory was likely changed by the demographics in the commonwealth. >> reporter: tim kaine had just started to celebrate his own victory when he was handed a piece of paper containing even more good news for virginia democrats. >> more than halfway there. nbc just called the presidential race for president obama. >> reporter: after last
petraeus told lawmakers today what he knew about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. and he told lawmakers that the intelligence community chose not to disclose the al qaeda connection to the attack in order to avoid tipping off the terrorists. steve handelsman joins us now live from capitol hill with the special treatment congress gave to the retired general today. >> reporter: this is the big set of hearings, hi, jim, from the hill tonight. republicans are still charging that somebody played politics with what the public was told about benghazi. but petraeus testified that langly didn't do that. former cia director david petraeus kept out of sight until he got home. lawmakers had cleared the way for him to get to the closed-door hearing without walking through halls. a favorite of the general who apologized to lawmakers for his affair. petraeus testified the cia figured immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the sufficient consulate in benghazi, killing the u.s. ambassador and three others. how the cia with an eye on libya missed the threat is still under investigation. but
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the former cia director will testify before the senate and house intelligence committees. the general visited libya shortly after the attack which killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. they began holding closed door hearings yesterday. they watched a video of the attack. senator saxby chambliss, the ranking republican on the senate committee says that made it clear terrorists carried out the attack. >>> petraeus resigned from the cia after admitting he had an affair. now the cia is looking into his conduct. it's opening an exploratory investigation to make sure petraeus did not use any cia resources inappropriately. they've already cleared him of mishandling classified information. petraeus' mistress may have troubles of her own. the fbi says it's still investigating paula broadwell. the army reservist has had her security clearance revoked as well. broadwell had classified information, but it came from her time researching petraeus' career for her biography, which she wrote. investigators spoke to broadwell two weeks ago about
today about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi and its political fallout. the house and senate intelligence committees held closed hearings and heard testimony from acting cia director michael morerel. there was a hearing before the house committee on foreign affairs. the chairwoman called the deadly attack on september 11th a disgrace, and things got heated on both sides. >> also disgraceful is the sad parade of conflicting accounts of the attack that we have received from administration officials in the weeks and months since. >> to lay this at the doorstep of the president or the secretary of state or the united nations ambassador, you will find us ready and willing to resist to the teeth. >> tomorrow, former cia director david petraeus will testify before the house and senate intelligence committees. it will be his first appearance on the hill since he resigned last friday. >>> president obama's focused today on the victims of superstorm sandy up in new york city. he got his first up-close look at the damage there and promised to work with local governments to co
iran join us at >>> and the pentagon says a u.s. drone was fired on by iran in the international air space over the persian gulf last week. now the timing of this disclosure is raising questions tonight. we have our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel with more. >> reporter: brian, this mission was classified. the predator drone was not even hit, let alone shot down. so why talk about it now? it seems that the pentagon is trying to give a very public warning to iran that if this kind of thing happens again, the u.s. could respond militarily. they may also want the american public to know this is going on in case we wake up one morning and hear there has been an exchange of fire between the u.s. and iran. all the indications are that iran, containing their nuclear program will be a big priority for the term of this president ,r >> thanks for your reporting on it tonight. >>> out west, high drama in a courtroom in arizona, as the man accused of shooting congresswoman gabrielle giffords in the head, wounding a total of 13, killing six others, received his sentence today. he looke
it is one of the keyest of democrats. keeping control of the u.s. senate. we talked to virginia party chairman brian moran a short while ago and this is what he had to say about the big win tonight. >> we feel good. we've been looking at the numbers as soon as they started reporting and thank goodness northern virginia came in. once the numbers came in from fairfax, we felt real good about it. >> tim kaine winning the senate seat on the strength of the turnout in favor of northern virginia in places like fairfax, loudoun and prince williams counties. he'll be on the satage in about five minutes. we'll bring that to you live. >> thank you. >>> turning to the republican side of the senate race in virginia, richard jar dan with the george allen campaign in richmond? no, not richard. okay. >> what we're going to do is turn to maryland instead. one of the big issues on the ballot, several of them, question six. voters are deciding whether or not to approve gay marriage. looking at the latest thumb ber numbers now, chris gordon will report from baltimore in a minute. on the gay marriage iss
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single day. the mission today keynote speaker retired u.s. army general pete fuller. he's in to, as we say, trade war stories. the mission, $5 million worth of food a year. it's not just vets. they also help out other men and women as well as young children. they also have extended care, 18 months, and also help out with counseling. this place was the original number one soulful service in washington, d.c. 1884. the executive director, a retired u.s. army general, gave us an idea how this started. >> so much heritage goes back to those alcoholics from the civil war on pennsylvania avenue. a young man with the heart for them and saying these guys need spiritual help and they need physical help. we begin by feeding them, sharing god's word with them and bringing them on board. >> keith, you know, one of the things, we talk to the vets here, we talk about how engrained they are in the mission. he was in the air force. he retired. he was homeless. then he got involved in the mission. he told us a little bit about his story. >> i was lost. i was confused. the mission pretty much gave me tha
make your way towards i-270. >>> 5:02 now, the pentagon is standing by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan even as it investigates inappropriate e-mails he allegedly sent and received from a florida socialite. secretary of defense leon panetta is urging people not to jump to conclusions about general george allen. allen is accused of having questionable communications with jill kelley, a social liaison to a tampa air force base. it was kelley who reportedly received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell, who was having an affair with now former cia director david petraeus. that led to petraeus' resignation. and broadwell is apparently here in washington. she's been spotted at her brother in northwest d.c. a man who appeared to be her brother, steven krantz, left last night but did not speak to reporters. and someone found broadwell's driver's license in rock creek park on monday. >>> leaders from the fda and the massachusetts department of health are expected to testify at a hearing in front of the house energy and commerce committee to determine how the meningitis outbre
, the 63-year-old gross developed a mass behind his shoulder that u.s. doctors he has not been treated for. gross is serving a 15-year sentence for what cuba calls crimes against the state, charges gross denies. >>> new this morning, d.c. firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked the flames in northwest washington. this is at the intersection of 14th and spring street just before midnight. the building was full of smoke. we're told the fire started in the basement and was quickly put out. no one was hurt. montgomery county firefighters are also trying to figure out what sparked this fire in dickerson. firefighters posted this photo on twitter. the home was engulfed in flames. we're told it was a total loss. no one was hurt. >>> it was not a smooth ride for more than 160 passengers on board an amtrak train headed for union station last night. a csx train headed for d.c. derailed just out of richmond at 9:00. they had to stop train 66 at main street station and transfer passengers to buses. passengers arrived safely at union station by bus after 10:00 p.m. >>> hundreds of janitors a
of u.s. immigration policy to, in their words, keep families together. >> my family is mixed with undocumented and documented people. my sister is a citizen. my grandmother is a permanent resident. my parents and my brother and i are undocumented. we just want to let president obama know we're here, and we're not giving up until our comprehensive immigration reform is reached. >> the advocates say they will also take their fight to capitol hill. they say it's time congress recognizes the growing power of the latino vote. >>> a developing story tonight. pentagon officials confirm an iranian jet fired on a u.s. drone. a spokesman says that drone was 16 nautical miles off the iranian coast. it happened last week while they were conducting routine surveillance. the iranian jet reportedly fired twice. the drone was not hit and returned to its base. a pentagon spokesman said that drone was never in iranian air space. president obama was notified about that incident. >>> tonight commander mark kelly said he is done thinking about the man who tried to kill his wife. former arizona co
is offering support to the top u.s. commander in baghdad even as he's under investigation for e-mails he received. his nomination to head european command is on hold pending the investigation. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. no one should leap to any conclusions here. general allen is doing an excellent job at isap in leading those forces. he certainly has my continued confidence to lead our forces and to continue the fight. but his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. and we will. >> allen is accused of having questionable communications with jill kelley, a social liaison to a tampa air force base. it was kelly who reportedly received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell who was reportedly having an affair with david petraeus, which led to his resignation. the testimony regarding the deadly bombing attack on the embassy in benghazi, libya, will go on withouteneral petraeus. senator dianne feinstein says she still expects petraeus to testify about the attacks even if it doesn't come today. congressional leaders say it's
. >>> right now overseas markets are down because of fears over the potential fiscal cliff here in the u.s. japan's nikkei index fell nearly 1%. hong kong's hang seng and south korea index are down significantly. most of europe's markets are also falling today. >>> president obama will use his first address since being re-elected to discuss the fiscal cliff. he won't likely offer a specific plan but will likely urge congressional leaders to work together to find a solution to the crisis. congress and the president have to reach a budget deal by the end of this year to avoid a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts. that could trigger a spike in unemployment and send us back into a deep recession. >>> we may finally learn today whether president obama or mitt romney won in florida. election voters there are still counting ballots. it appears the president will win the sunshine state. he leads romney by 55,000 votes, and most of the outstanding ballots are from democratic leaning counties. the win would give president obama 323 electoral votes to romney's 206. >>> another george bush is
to that he led u.s. forces in both iraq and afghanistan. petraeus said the president accepted his resignation this afternoon. the president issued a statement a short time ago that read "i am completely confident that the cia will continue to thrive and carry out its position. going forward my thoughts and prayers are with dave and holly petraeus who has done so much to help military families through her own work. i wish them the very best at this difficult time." he was slated to testify next week on the deadly attack of the u.s. embassy and benghazi, libya. no word if that resignation will have any impact on that in absence, the current director will serve as director. much more on this story on nbcwashington.com. keith russell, news 4. >>> now to our other big story this afternoon, gunfire near the white house. and now police are warning the public about what the victims did. the commotion started on the 1800 block of jefferson place and ended near the white house this morning. as the victims rolled up to secret service officers with a bullet hole in their windshield and asked for help. ja
is that president obama has got to deliver on the big issue, which is fixing the financial house of the u.s. federal government, it is in disarray, not just the fiscal cliff but $16 trillion in ious out in the world. in a couple of months, in february or march, they are going to have to renegotiate borrowing authority for another trillion or two dollars and if the president can fix and put us on some sort of path of restoration for the economy, that is a pay juv for everyone in the community you not just his base. he has got to think much more broadly, the job of the president is to find the next same of good for a real majority and escapable of doing. >> let's look back at the republican party. how did they become a coalition of special interest forces? they really do look like the democratic party of the '70s and '80s where they seem to the leaders in washington can't control the special interest groups. and this is what ppened to the democrats, labor, all of these special interest groups that were -- the folks in washington knew what the right way was to try to whip national elections, they could
situation, or the u.s. could see another credit downgrade next year. >>> democratic virginia senator-elect tim kaine said he's ready to hit the ground running when he officially takes office early next year. he said he's ready to be part of the solution to get our nation's economy back in order. kaine said the big issues he'll be focusing on are jobs and infrastructure. as far as last night's election, he said the fact that virginia once again went for president obama, proved the commonwealth is a key battleground. >> any party looking at this american political landscape looks at virginia as a key state, like we were viewed back in the 1770s. i mean, we're viewed as one of the key states in this country politically, economically, brain powerwise, and we're doing it again. >> coming up on news4 at 5:00, julie carey will tell us why tim kaine said one of his first tasks will be finding a newly elected republican to partner with. >>> reactions pouring in, now that table games like blackjack and roulette are coming to casinos in maryland. voters approved question 7 last night paving the
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